In the recent years, one of the most powerful groups in the world is the G8 Summit. This ministerial meeting brings together Ministers responsible for various portfolios in the world, to discuss issues of mutual and global concern. The range of topics include health, law enforcement, labour, economic and social development, energy ,environment, foreign affairs, justice, terrorism, trade, empowerment , nuclear proliferation and climate change.
The G8 consists of industrialised countries which basically belong to the Northern Hemisphere. They are Canada, France, Germany,Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and the USA. G5 nations like Brazil, Mexico, China, South Africa and India were also invited to the Summit. The Heads of the governments of all these countries have joined hands and taken the initiative to eradicate hunger, poverty, pollution, terrorism from the face of the earth and to do something for a healthy world.
The Summit seems to be beneficial for the developing countries as the G8 countries have committed themselves to work together to ensure that the global economy resumes growth as well as food security, energy security and combat climate change.
India as one of the participating members in the Summit has benefited from it a great deal. With our Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh taking a stand, rejected all protectionist measures in trade and investment has been successful in accepting a major demand of developing countries.
India has been given the permission to purchase nuclear equipment, fuel and technology from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which the United States had persuaded the G8 to ban the transfer of enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) of the nuclear items to countries which have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty(NPT) which includes India. India plans to use the nuclear energy for peaceful purposes so as to help our country to become independent in the field of health, food, and education.
Dr.Manmohan Singh has asked the G8 to amend the laws of the UN as their laws are too old and that India may be included as one of the major countries and make more permanent seats in the UN. India has insisted on control of terrorism in the world. Mr.Shashi Tharoor, one of the aspirants of the post of Secretary General of the UN has joined grass-root level politics to improve our country’s backbone.
The representation of the developing countries like India in the G8 shall not only ensure a balanced growth of the Asian countries but also provide the much needed awareness as to how to combat famine problems and education of the masses and control of the population through literacy. It would also help garner the forces of a transparent bureaucracy an excellent Public Distribution System open to timely audit and inspection. The participation of an economist of the World Bank reputed would be a great advantage as keeping the global vision in mind. Dr. Manmohan Singh shall be successful in helping appreciate the efforts being made in the Asian countries in the realm of medicine, sports and agriculture.
All nations need to combine their resources together and provide for each other for the survival of all and not only the need of one nation. The philosophy of the ancient sages being-”All families of the earth shall live in peace and harmony with each other and their neighbours loving and sharing whatever resources one is blessed with.”
In conclusion I would like to quote : “Had it been India’s intention to alert the world to its security concerns about China as a dangerous rising power, the tests managed to do just the opposite- they gave the Chinese officials the opportunity to present China as a cooperative member of the international community seeking to curb nuclear weapons proliferation. Far from looking like a revisionist state, China played the role of a status quo power, and a rather assertive one at that.” – Mark Frazier ,pg.266, The Argumentative Indian,Writings on the Indian Culture, History and Identity- Amartya Sen.
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